Stick to facts – Lawyer who hired thugs not linked to Mahathir

A unit of Philippines’ conglomerate Ayala Corporation described as “absolutely inaccurate” news reports saying a developer it owns was responsible for hiring thugs to incite violence at a Hindu temple in Subang Jaya.

Ayala Land today insisted that the operations to relocate the temple had “always been coordinated with the local authorities and relevant agencies to ensure its proper and peaceful relocation”.

TTF: It is true that Ayala Corporation is linked with San Miguel Corporation in the food and beverage industry via Purefoods Corp and several of its subsidiaries.

It is also true that Mirzan Mahathir is a prominent shareholder in San Miguel and one of its subsidiaries, Petron Corporation.

However, attempts by several quarters to link the riots that ensued in the vicinity of a Hindu Temple in the Subang area to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is unfounded, as TTF discovered that the thugs hired by one of One City Development’s Chinese lawyers have nothing to do with Tun.

One of the lawyers, however, is linked to the DAP.

It is best that everyone sticks to facts and refrains from being emotional.


KUALA LUMPUR: A unit of Philippines’ conglomerate Ayala Corporation described as “absolutely inaccurate” news reports saying a developer it owns was responsible for hiring thugs to incite violence at a Hindu temple in Subang Jaya.

Its property arm Ayala Land Inc controls One City Development Sdn Bhd, which in turn owns the land where the temple is currently located.




Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin alleged yesterday that the firm’s employees were responsible for paying local youths to terrorise the temple in order to occupy the site.

“Media reports now point to our company for the hiring of unruly people to instigate riots and civil unrest, all for the purpose of relocating the temple.

“These reports are absolutely inaccurate,” Ayala Land said in a statement today,

It repeated One City Development’s previous assertion that the personnel that were “on site were in fact directed to provide logistical support and assist in the orderly relocation under police watch”.

Ayala Land today insisted that the operations to relocate the temple had “always been coordinated with the local authorities and relevant agencies to ensure its proper and peaceful relocation”.

Two of the firm’s employees were among the over 30 people arrested so far over the violence.

“We are cognisant and respectful of the cultural and religious sensitivities in Malaysia, which we thought were being handled appropriately,” the company said.

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Source: The Malay Mail



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